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solo breakfast between pine street and golden gate park

mr mouther Feb 25, 2008 02:07 PM

LA hound will be spending a coulpe days in san fran. My first need is a place to get a nice brekky, solo, during the week somewhere b/t 1000 pine street and golden gate park, and i'll be going by public transport. i'll happily walk a mile off the bus route for good food.

no type of cuisine preferences - just something tasty, and i have no dietary restrictions

much thanks

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    ML8000 RE: mr mouther Feb 25, 2008 03:05 PM

    What part of GG Park?

    On the southside, at 9th and Irving there's 3+ very good breakfast places:

    Howard's - non-retro '70s greasy spoon, reasonable prices, good grub
    Art's - one long counter, reasonable prices, good grub
    Park Chow - a bit more upscale, still reasonable prices

    There's a bunch (a couple of dozen misc restros) of other places in the 'hood, like Arizmendi Bakery and a bunch of coffee houses.

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      mr mouther RE: ML8000 Feb 27, 2008 02:02 PM

      i think near john f. kennedy dr. and transverse is where i'll be heading in the park. thanks for the recs youve already given!

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      Jim RE: mr mouther Feb 25, 2008 09:08 PM

      Try Ella's on Presido Ave. & California, just one block north of Pine.

      http://www.ellassanfrancisco.com/

      1. mr mouther RE: mr mouther Mar 7, 2008 11:24 AM

        i ended up at the cafe bean, right around the corner from where i was staying. dang it was so good i went back again the next day. the first day i got the dutch pancake with abcon and eggs - a good thin, floppy ducth pancake, perfect when syrup and hot sauce are mixed together and added.

        the next day i had "daniel's omellette" - named after the cook's son - and it was fantastic - artichokes, olives, mushrooms, onions and spinach - such a great combination of vegetables.

        seemed a little silly to eat at the same place twice, but it was so close and so good it made sense.

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          ML8000 RE: mr mouther Mar 7, 2008 01:27 PM

          Thanks for the info. Not familiar with Cafe Bean. Going w/ convenience and ease is always a good thing..and if it's good, how can any one argue? If there's anything worse then a bad meal, it's a bad meal on the road.

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            rworange RE: mr mouther Mar 7, 2008 03:07 PM

            Thanks for reporting back. Sometimes these places that are off the main food migration paths get overlooked. This will be a help to others staying in this area.

            I asked about the Dutch pancakes here a few years back and never got a response. The first owner actually was Dutch. The current owner from my understanding kept things as is.

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            Cafe Bean
            800 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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              mr mouther RE: rworange Mar 13, 2008 06:32 PM

              as ridiculous as this is going to sound, i ended up eating here for breakfast five days in a row (convenient and tasty and was excploring other food for all other meals).

              so the picking up where my second post left off, i then had the dutch smasher (2 pieces of wheet toast with a piece of cheese, ham and an egg on top of each. This was fine and good, but the least interesting thing i had. the nexct day i had "daniel's omelette' again and added salmon into it. it went from being great to insanely delicious. then on my last visit i decided to try their chicken sausage and egg thing. the sausage was unbeleiovably delicious - i dont know what brand it was but it was better than all the ones ive had that are available in grocery stores (the only exception being jeff's gourmet sausages in LA -those truly are th best)

              anyway - the sausage was great, the eggs were so so, and the sourdough was so-so. come to think of it, i never had any fantastic sour dough on this trip (damn!) but i didnt put any effort into it either.

              my final say on cafe bean: not particularly worth a trip, but damn gfood if youre around there. also, the dutch pancakes are very nice, as i sampled the strawberry, blueberry and peach ones (really just differentiated by the fresh fruit on top - but still great.

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                grayelf RE: mr mouther Mar 13, 2008 09:42 PM

                Thanks for this -- I've been beating the bushes for breakfast places nearish Union Square that don't have massive lineups. Will be trying out Cafe Bean for sure when we visit in April.

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